Davidson is preparing our transition to Google Drive as our primary cloud storage application. All Davidson College students, faculty, and staff have access to Google Workspace (formerly GSuite), which includes a variety of productivity and collaboration tools including Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides), Chat, Sites, and more. You can access Google Drive using your Davidson credentials. Additional features will be available once our migration to Google Drive is complete. The migration is planned to happen over Winter Break after the Fall 2021 semester.
Learning to Drive 1-minute Video Series
What to Expect: Learn more about what you can expect during the migration.
Drive for Desktop: View your Google Drive files and folders right from your desktop, just like you did with Dropbox.
Google Workspace Resources
Start exploring Google Drive using the guides below or search the Google Workspace Learning Center for the latest resources, instructions, video tutorials, and answers to common questions.
How can I access Google Drive?
Navigate to Google and sign in using your Davidson College credentials. Although you can access Google Drive from any web browser, Google Chrome provides an optimized user experience.
Note: If you are signed in with a personal Google account, click your profile and sign out or choose the add another account option to access your Davidson Google account.
What's the difference between My Drive and Shared Drives?
Shared drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access common files from any device.
Unlike files in My Drive, files in a shared drive belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if team members leave, the files stay put so you—and the rest of the team—can continue to access information and get work done. Click to view Google's Best Practices for Shared Drives and learn more in this 30-second video, What are Shared Drives?
How do I upload content into Google Drive?
You have choices when uploading content such as using the file upload option or the drag and drop feature to move files right into Google Drive. This 30-second video shows you how easy it is to upload files and folders into Google Drive.
How do I share files and folders?
How can I search for files in Google Drive?
You can find files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides by searching by file title, contents, or Items featured in pictures, PDF files, or other files stored on your Drive. Click to learn more about searching for files in Google Drive.
Can I work with Microsoft Office files in Google Drive?
Yes! This quick video will demonstrate how you can work seamlessly in Microsoft Office files in Google Drive.
What is Drive For Desktop (formerly Drive File Stream)?
With Drive for Desktop, you can find and open your files from Google Drive on your computer and view and organize your files in your computer’s file system without using storage space.
Once the migration is complete, T&I will deploy Drive for Desktop to all Davidson College-managed devices. The software will also be available in Self-Service (Mac) and Software Center (Windows). You can also download Drive for Desktop using this Google support article.